Breaking: Nuclear Sabotage in Europe?

Featured image Here’s a curious story out of Belgium that is receiving no media attention (outside a few mentions in the specialized press) in the US: Belgian Doel-4 Nuclear Reactor Closed Till Year-End PARIS, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Belgian energy company Electrabel said its Doel 4 nuclear reactor would stay offline at least until the end of this year after major damage to its turbine, with the cause confirmed as sabotage. . »

A comment on the Perry indictment

Featured imageJohn has referred to the indictment of Governor Perry as a Democratic dirty trick. Paul has referred to it as lawfare. I have referred to it as an egregious farce. Governor Perry himself has characterized it as a “farce of a prosecution.” I think these words accurately characterize the legal substance of the indictment. Yet Austin attorney Mary Lou Serafine writes from Travis County, where the indictment was handed up, »

Thoughts on the Ritual Now Taking Place in Ferguson, Missouri

Featured imageEight days ago, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, a young but very large (6′ 4″, 300 pounds) African-American, under circumstances that remain murky. Since then, a ritual with which we have become tiresomely familiar has unfolded: demonstrations that turned into riots, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson–still!–descending on the scene, pleas for peace, intervention of federal authorities, calls for reappraisal of American race »

Trouble for Mary Landrieu

Featured imageMary Landrieu is a survivor. Three times the citizens of red Louisiana have elected her to the Senate, never with more than 52.1 percent of the vote. This year, saddled with the Obama presidency, Landrieu is essentially even with Republican Bill Cassidy in the polls. She fails to crack 46 percent in most of them. That kind of number often signals doom for an incumbent, but Landrieu is too good »

Liberal policing and the thugs’ veto

Featured imageOn Thursday, President Obama interrupted his vacation to address reporters regarding the situation in Northern Iraq and the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. As to the latter, Obama said, in essence, that the liberals had taken charge. Governor Jay Nixon (“a good man,” Obama assured us) was now fully engaged, and Eric Holder was also on the case. In addition, the Missouri Highway Patrol had supplanted the yokels in the local »

Was David Gregory fired for being “pro-Israel”?

Featured imageToday was to mark David Gregory’s last appearance as host of Meet the Press. But NBC did not permit Gregory, who will be replaced by Chuck Todd, to bid his audience farewell. Instead, Andrea Mitchell hosted the show and paid tribute to the fired host. I didn’t see the show, having long ago stopped watching anything except soccer on NBC. I’m relying on the coverage of NRO and the Huffington »

This Is Who Texas Democrats Are Defending

Featured imageScott lays out below the farce of the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry, but let’s not move on before taking in the proximate cause of political dispute, the conduct of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who ironically runs the “public integrity section” of the DA’s office while obviously having no public integrity whatsoever.  If you have 15 minutes of leisure and a strong threshold against disgust, take in these »

Gary Lawson: The return of the king

Featured imageProfesor Gary Lawson is the Philip S. Beck Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. He is one of the country’s foremost scholars and critics of administrative law. He has written six editions of a textbook on administrative law and cowritten two books on aspects of constitutional history. When it comes to the serious issues that beset administrative law, Professor Lawson knows what he is talking about. Professor »

Reporting In, Briefly

Featured imageI have been offline pretty much all day. Checking the news once or twice, my most distinct impression was that Republicans are doing a good job of pushing back against the Democrats’ political “indictment” of Rick Perry. Being attacked by these clowns is a badge of honor, and should be treated as such by all people of good will. So what did I do? Most notably, I shot an AR-15 »

Rick Perry and the Democrats’ pattern of “lawfare” against rising Republicans

Featured imageJohn and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for »

The Week in Pictures: Quel Horreur! Edition

Featured imageA few years back I got seated next to former Clinton consigliere Lanny Davis on a coast-to-coast plane flight.  It was . . . a very long flight.  I imagined the only worse possible fate would be having to sit next to James Carville for a cross-country flight.  But now I’ve heard something worse: John Kerry, our comic relief secretary of state, had to fly commercial earlier this week when »

Green Weenie Updates

Featured imageSo we’ve now come to the point where people are asking, “Are you now or have you ever been. . .” A couple weeks back we noted here that a number of the world’s top PR and ad agencies had bravely—no, make that courageously!—announced that they would not take on any “climate deniers” as clients, which, as I suggested, is a great favor to the Heartland Institute and other skeptic »

Rules of the game, Hillary style

Featured imageThe Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Laura Myers managed to get a look at the highly confidential contract that Ms. Hillary requires for her overpriced speaking engagements secured through the offices of the Harry Walker Agency. Myers reports: [Hillary Clinton] will get $225,000 to speak at the annual dinner [of the UNLV Foundation]. The size of Hillary Clinton’s fee has come under fire from critics who question the large expense in an »

The Perry indictment: A travesty of a mockery

Featured imageGovernor Perry condemned his indictment yesterday as a “farce of a prosecution.” In my view, Governor Perry is guilty only of understatement. His indictment is an egregious farce of the kind Woody Allen’s Fielding Mellish captured in Bananas (written with Mickey Rose, 1971). Having been put on trial for fraud, inciting to riot, conspiracy to overthrow the government, and using the word “thighs” in mixed company, Mellish decried the case »

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you’ve already made

Featured imageThere’s a saying in sports that sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make. This, I suppose, is the sports version of “don’t do stupid [stuff].” For Everton football club, the best deals it made this offseason were the purchases of two players who were with the team last year. The players are Gareth Barry (who was on loan last from Manchester City) and Romelu Lukaku (on loan »

Woodstock Redux

Featured imageThere seems to be a flourish of 45th anniversary observations of Woodstock going on this weekend, as though it was a slow news period right now.  (Perhaps too many editors and beat reporters are on vacation up in Martha’s and the Hamptons right now.)  Why the 45th anniversary?  Perhaps because of the typical baby boomer fear that a lot of folks won’t make it to the 50th anniversary?  Then, too, »

An embarrassment of Democrats (1)

Featured image“One of the many oddities of the English language,” it has been noted, “is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and evocative, even poetic.” You’ve got your gaggle of geese. You’ve got your pack of dogs. You’ve got your stuck of jellyfish. You’ve got your colony of ants. And many, many more. »